Abstract 1-Volume 8-Number 1, Spring 2013

Survey of the Status of Social Studies: Development and Analysis


Paul G. Fitchett
University of North Carolina Charlotte in Charlotte, NC

Phillip J. VanFosssen
Purdue University



In this paper, we outline the rationale for developing the Survey of the Status of Social Studies (S4). The instrument contains items for analyzing the organizational structure, instructional decision-making, professional attitudes, and demographics of social studies teachers. Nationally-inclusive data generated from this survey analysis were used to examine the technical and theoretical validity of the instrument. Incorporating factor analysis, findings suggest constructs embedded within S4 related to social studies pedagogy, content emphases, and technology-use that reflect extant theory. As such, the S4 and accompanying nationwide data set offer social educators a valuable resource for fostering professional development and policy.

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